onsıde| ISSUE 39 FF AMBASSADORS 34 FOOTBALL FOUNDATION AMBASSADORS Nigel Adkins Former Manager of Southampton FC, Reading FC and Sheffield United FC. Peter Beardsley MBE Former England striker and current Newcastle United FC Development Manager. James Beattie Former England, Southampton FC and Everton FC striker. Georgie Bingham talkSPORT’s Weekend Sport Breakfast presenter and sports correspondent for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Dion Dublin Former England and Manchester United FC and current presenter for BBC One’s Homes Under the Hammer. Graeme Le Saux Former England and Chelsea FC defender and commentator on Sky News’ The Pledge. Russell Martin Scotland and Norwich City FC defender. Lawrie McMenemy MBE Former FA Cup-winning Southampton FC Manager and England first team coach. Hayley McQueen Anchor, Sky Sports News HQ. Gary Neville Former England and Manchester United FC defender, England first team coach and Sky Sports presenter. Chris Powell Football manager and former England, Charlton Athletic FC and West Ham United FC defender. John Scales Former England, Wimbledon FC and Liverpool FC defender. Ben Shephard ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday presenter. Gareth Southgate Former England and Aston Villa FC defender, Manager of England Senior Men’s team. DanWalker Football Focus, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter. DuncanWatmore Striker, England Under-21s and Sunderland AFC. FayeWhite MBE Former England Women’s Seniors Captain and Arsenal FC defender. W e recently got an exclusive look behinds the scenes at talkSPORT. Our Ambassador, Georgie Bingham, let us shadow her one Saturday morning as she presented her popular Weekend Breakfast Show. She gives some insight into planning the show; the challenges live radio throws up; and what makes the perfect guest. Georgie had some nice words about her co-host: “When you work with Tony Cascarino [former Chelsea, Marseille and Republic of Ireland striker], those four hours are great fun. We just have to ensure the show is kept fresh and entertaining, which involves some serious coffee, as you can imagine. It’s also important we make sure our guests are funny, interesting, and – most of all – awake!” She also recalled her memories of anchoring Channel 4’s coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which significantly raised the profile of disabled sport across talkSPORT GEORGIE TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES AT the world. “The Games provided such unbelievable role models for kids growing up with disabilities; heroes who can inspire them every day – not just in sport, but every aspect of life,” said Georgie. Read the full interview online in FC Business here: https://goo.gl/GVPFlb. You can also watch video interviews with Georgie and her co-host Tony Cascarino on the Football Foundation’s YouTube channel. PROMOTION HERO ADKINS BACK IN HAMPSHIRE TO OPEN COLLEGE’S NEW PITCH F ormer Southampton Manager Nigel Adkins, who guided the Saints to the Premier League from League One, was back on his old stomping ground after opening Hampshire-based Applemore College’s new 3G pitch. The new floodlit surface will be called home by over 1,000 students from the college, Oak Lodge Special School and the Forest Education Centre, in addition to 25 local teams affiliated to Hythe and Dibden FC and Marchwood FC. Overall football participation is set to rise by 142% and nine new teams to be created, including men’s, women’s, junior and disabled sides. Adkins said, “Grassroots football in Hampshire is better off thanks to this facility. Students, teachers, parents, local clubs, disabled footballers, boys, girls, men and women all have somewhere to call their ‘home ground’ and to come and play football simply because they love the game.”